DeSantis Warns Of 8-12 Ft Surge: “Run From Water”

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

“If this storm hits at high tide, storm surge could and would reach 8 to 12 feet in some areas and so that would be life threatening storm surge,” DeSantis said Tuesday morning. “I know all those areas are under evacuation notices in the low lying and coastal areas. You run from the water and you hide from the wind. If you’re there in that storm surge, you’re putting your life in jeopardy when it gets to be that that high.”

He noted that the Big Bend portion of the state really has not endured a hurricane of this strength since going back to the 1800s. “So those coastal areas there have not necessarily been through this before,” he said. “I think that being safe is the appropriate thing and in erring on the side of caution is the appropriate thing.” Storm surge was the driving force that led to the deadly effects of last year’s Hurricane Ian.

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